First, the batsmen sank, then the bowlers could not get Najibullah out, as a result Bangladesh had to lose to Afghanistan.
The pair of Shakib Al Hasan and Sreedharan Sriram did not succeed against Afghanistan. After defeating Sri Lanka, Afghanistan also defeated Bangladesh easily. Afghanistan’s winning streak in T20 continues. Now they have established themselves as a good side in T20.
It was Bangladesh captain Shakib’s 100th T20I match. Shakib bowled well in this match. But ultimately failed with the bat. Shakib won the toss and decided to bat on a grassless low bounce wicket. Bangladesh did not benefit from that decision.
Disaster at the beginning of Bangladesh’s innings. Two openers Naeem and Anamul got out early. Shakib scored 11 runs. All these three are victims of Afghan spinner Mujib. Rashid Khan brought back Mushfiqur and Afif Hossain. The pair of Mahmudullah and Mosaddek scored 36 runs. Mosaddek remained unbeaten with 48 runs off 30 balls. But Bangladesh scored 127 runs in 20 overs. The Bangladeshi batsmen were confused by Mujeeb’s off spin and Rashid’s leg spin. Both the bowlers took three wickets each.
Afghanistan’s score at one point was 62 for three. Bangladesh’s bowling is getting pretty good at that time. Shakib took one wicket with 13 runs in four overs. But the Bangladeshi bowlers could not keep this pressure on the next side. Najibullah scored 43 runs off 17 balls. Bangladesh flew in that storm. Ibrahim also scored 42 runs. Of these, Najibullah was the most aggressive. As a result, Afghanistan had no difficulty in scoring the required runs to win.
After the match, Shakib said, “We knew that Najibullah is a dangerous batsman. He took the match away from us. We saw the wicket and thought, the match is in our hands. But full credit to Najibullah, for Afghanistan’s victory.”
At the same time, Shakib also spoke about his team’s batting failure. “When you lose four wickets in the first seven-eight overs, it always becomes difficult to win,” he said. With the wicket being what it was, we needed 10-15 more runs. We were in the match till the 15th over of Afghanistan’s innings. Then they took the match out.”
Afghanistan captain Nabi said, “Rashid and Mujeeb are world class spinners. For them, we got the rush of the match in the first ten overs. Our goal was not too big. We had batters to keep playing. We wanted to keep the wicket. Knew it would be easy to win with the wicket in hand.”